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College Internship Program Reviews

Updated May 10, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014
9 Reviews

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    Better Now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    With the change in leadership, CIP is starting to change though it will be a while for anything concrete changes.

    Cons

    The company is still a tightwad when it comes to benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend benefits to more employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    CIP is making solid changes that will impact the program in a positive way

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Founder Michael McManmon has recently passed the leadership torch of the College Internship Program to his son Dan McManmon, and in the few months Dan has been in charge he has demonstrated he is approachable, fair, committed to excellence, and responsive to staff and student concerns. I think the future of this program is brighter than ever. CIP also did some restructuring at the National level--the departure of the Executive Director (who micromanaged employees and focused on the wrong issues) is a step in the right direction for this company.

    Cons

    I think the biggest drawback to working at CIP right now is the employees who don't know how to deal with change. CIP is raising the bar and is committed to providing the best possible program for the students--unfortunately, some employees are still stuck in the past and have difficulty "stepping up their game" and meeting the new expectations of excellence. My advice to those employees is if you can't get behind the management and leadership teams (at both the local and National levels), then do the students (and your colleagues) a favor and go find someplace else to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing more autonomy at the local levels for all of the CIP centers is a wonderful thing. These changes will only strengthen every CIP center across the country.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A rewarding place to work, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA

    Pros

    CIP is a wonderful place to work. I found the training great and the support from the management in my department great. The students are great and my fellow employees are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    As others have pointed out, the national office likes to meddle and give directives that can't be met within the students very packed schedules, which makes the job more difficult than it should be.

    The company likes to keep most everyone part time so they don't have to pay benefits which leads to high staff turnover. Just when you get used to working with someone, out the door they go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talented employees by offering benefits. Students pay $70,000 a year to come here, surely you can afford benefits for your hard working staff?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    training is weak, limited resources, micromanagement at every turn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I was able to work with some great students.

    Cons

    Micromanagement from national office is high, the pay is low, and they keep most of their employees in part time time status. This is so they don't have to pay out benefits. As a result, staff turnover is high. Also, they don't give their employees the resources they need to do their jobs, but then tries to micromanage the work their employees do (without giving them support). The training is virtually non-existent, with employees being thrown into the fire and having to figure it out as you go. Students are overwhelmed because they pack all of these modules (classes) into the student's day. These schedules would be overwhelming for a student WITHOUT learning disabilities; imagine what it's like for a student with autism to not feel stressed out or on sensory overload on a regular basis. This program definitely adheres to the "quantity over quality" way of thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging, develop a comprehensive training program, and give your centers the resources they need to do their jobs. Increase pay--how can you expect to get and retain quality employees if you offer no benefits AND low pay? There is a reason good employees keep leaving. Stop ignoring what's going on, take your focus off of your bottom line, and stop asking for your employees' input if you aren't going to listen anyway!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    A great program

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lee, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lee, MA

    Pros

    This is a growing company with a history of success with students since the early 80's. The founder is actively involved in the vision and direction of the program, and makes regular visits to the centers. If you are motivated to make a difference, this is a great place to be and you are heard. If you are not, you will not last. I've been with CIP for the past 6 years and would not give it up for anything.

    Cons

    As with any human services field, it is difficult to maintain a separation between your own life and the lives of the students you work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for continually hearing me and for the opportunity to work with such a great team of professionals and students.

    Recommends
  7.  

    great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    great experience for those wanting to expand their horizons, learn from other educators and they will help you succeed in every way possible

    Cons

    can be very difficult at times, long hours and a fast paced environment. but will overall help you get to where you want to go. some people can be daunting at times, but overall worth it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep helping young people reach their goals through this opportunity because it is a great way to give back to them and help them become successful

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned the basics, but tasks were very repetitive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Good starting point for young professionals. Employeers are really busy so it's hard for them to take time to teach you new information. Overall, I learned some good information but wish I could of learned more about online marketing.

    Cons

    no pay, took little time to teach new skills

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    Micromanages the wrong things, not enough training or support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Idea for the program is good and there are some excellent staff who really care about the students.

    Cons

    After being in business since 1984, by now this company should have a solid training program for new staff as well as established policies and procedures on how the curriculum is implemented and how a center should be run. Neither is true; the company philosophy seems to be learn on the job as you go. and this is not good for a program that costs in the upwards of $70,000. Program Directors and staff are told what to do by the national office but then little support is offered to implement what is suggested. All staff are enrolled in classes to obtain an certificate in autism spectrum disorders, but there is no formal training to help educate staff on how to handle student issues like conflict resolution. Pay is low and there are a lot of part time staff so staff turnover is high. Lots of friends and family members hired in the national office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the Program Directors about what works and what doesn't work at each center. Develop a comprehensive training program for new staff that include conflict resolution. Implement program-wide policies and procedures that are used at all centers. If a center accepts funding from the states, spend the money to train the Program Director so that person knows how to administer the program correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    not the best place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    there's good pay, good location, good students. perks include some nice lunches and fun times hanging out with the students.

    Cons

    the downsides include having to work with staff that micromanage their employees after months of not paying attention to their work. the program is way too expensive for students and i wouldn't recommend it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my advice would be to revise the management of the bloomington office. those in charge have caused all of the good employees to leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend

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